Seven years since their last football homecoming victory, the Jellico Elementary School Blue Devils celebrated Thursday night’s 42-34 win over Robbins with a little more gusto.
It was also Jellico’s first district victory in several years.
Five different players scored touchdowns for the Blue Devils (1-2 district, 2-3 overall) who led by only 20-12 at halftime.
“We had some problems tackling in the first half, but we made some adjustments at halftime and corrected that,” said Jellico coach Les Stiers.
Featured back Austin Plank ran for a pair of touchdowns, while flanker Danny Lay, tailback Logan Cross and fullback David Harmon each scored one TD.
“It was a team effort,” said Stiers.
“Our offensive line was just unreal. (Robbins) kept keying on Plank, but we had a plan to go away from him.
“They couldn’t stop our flanker reverse.”
Jellico led 42-20 with four minutes left when the coach emptied his bench.
The Devils will head to Coalfield tonight (Thurs.) for a key district game.
“We control our own destiny,” said Stiers.
“Each time we win, we move up in the pecking order and have a chance to host a first-round playoff game. That’s our goal.”
Owls win at Cookeville
LaFollette made it a regular season sweep for Campbell County teams against Avery Trace with a 14-6 win Thursday night at Cookeville. Tommy Lawson and Johnny Oakes scored touchdowns for the Owls (2-2 district, 3-2 overall). A week earlier, Jacksboro defeated Avery Trace, 14-0, at Cookeville.
The Owls have an open date tonight (Thurs.) before next week’s league showdown at rival Jacksboro.
Eagles fall in OT
One of the more exciting middle school games last week was one involving Jacksboro and Clinton.
The previously unbeaten Eagles (2-1 district, 4-1 overall) fell 16-14 in overtime after losing three fumbles.
Jacksboro took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and held it until the fourth, when the Hawks managed to tie the game 8-8 at the end of regulation play.
Clinton, which was able to clinch the district championship with its victory, scored first in overtime and added a 2-point conversion.
Jacksboro scored a touchdown on its overtime possession but was stopped short of the end zone on a 2-point conversion attempt.
Trey Torres rushed for 121 yards on 16 carries to lead the Eagles, who will play tonight (Thurs.) at Lenoir City.